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Fun Facts About Orthodontics

Posted on: September 25, 2018

Orthodontic professional showing a patient a model of a mouth that has two different types of braces on it.

Did you know that an orthodontist is different than a dentist? Orthodontics is a dental specialty all its own, that has different goals and processes than what dentists do. There are many ways to fix the teeth and many methods that have been tried for many centuries. Find out the amazing history of orthodontics and some facts you may not know!

 

History of Orthodontics

People have been straightening their teeth since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, as can be seen from mummies from this era. Even the Romans and Etruscans used crude orthodontic straightening methods to get a better smile. Many philosophers hypothesized better ways to straighten the teeth. A Roman writer Celsus (1 A.D.) thought the teeth could be pushed into place. Pliny—around the same time—thought the teeth could be filed to be the ideal shape and size.

 

It wasn’t until 1728 that Pierre Fauchard—or the “Father of Dentistry”—made great strides with orthodontics. He first practiced crudely removing the teeth, replacing them straight, and tying them to other teeth so they could heal straighter. From his influence and others after him, modern orthodontics came to be. Matthaeus Gottfried Purmann developed dental impressions in the 17th century. In the early U.S. years, barbers and medical professionals experimented and performing small orthodontic treatments. This was until the first dental school was established in 1828.

 

Afterwards, J.S. Gunnell invented a form of headgear that was successful in straightening the teeth. Dental students and professionals figured out how to make a metal appliance to straighten individual teeth, which led to the now-used bracket and wire design in modern orthodontics. Before 1970, orthodontists wrapped wires around each tooth and required that headgear to straighten. This practice involved lots of metal in the mouth, which is why a better form (that we use today) was invented in the following years. Now, in the last 20 years lingual braces (braces behind the teeth) and Invisalign (transparent aligners) were invented to allow patients a hidden apparatus with orthodontics.

 

Close-up view of clear braces on a patient's teeth.

What Do Orthodontists Do?

Did you know that orthodontists are dentists? Every orthodontist is a dentist because they have completed dental school and then some. However, not all dentists are orthodontists. The standard requirements for dentists are to complete 4 years of undergraduate schooling and then 4 years at a dental school. They will have to pass exams and become certified to do dental work. Orthodontists do all of those 8 years, plus they complete 2-3 more years of orthodontics, training in bite and alignment correction and surgical orthodontics. All throughout their career, both dentists and orthodontists must do continuing education courses as well as pass tests to continue working.

 

An orthodontist will not fix your cavity even though they may spot the signs of tooth decay. Often, an orthodontist works closely with a dentist, as both professionals work on your mouth. What one professional doesn’t do, the other will do. Dentists do everything relating to tooth decay (cavities), gum disease and other oral health diseases as well as remedying dental emergencies. An orthodontist performs services that a dentist doesn’t do such as:

  • Bite and alignment correction in children and adults (child orthodontics and adult orthodontics)
  • Surgical orthodontics, which is surgery to help remedy a misaligned jaw or bite.
  • Braces design, fitting, adjusting and complete process with lingual braces, ceramic (clear) braces, traditional metal, and Invisalign treatment.
  • Training in placing temporary anchorage devices, which are tiny screws in the mouth that push, pull, lift or intrude teeth that are being straightened.
  • Designing and creating retainer devices to keep bite, alignment and teeth in proper position.

 

Facts About Braces

  • An orthodontist must complete 4 years of dental school, plus 3700 hours or specialized training in orthodontics to get their degree.
  • There are more than 19,000 orthodontist members under the American Association of Orthodontics in the U.S., Canada and abroad.
  • 1 in 4 people with braces are adults.
  • Children make up another 1/4th of people wearing braces to correct bite and alignment.
  • Because of modern technology, all four of your dental options (lingual, metal, ceramic and Invisalign) can straighten your teeth in about the same amount of time.
  • It is possible to only get braces in either your upper or lower jaw if the other jaw is straight.
  • The jaws stop growing as a child ages. That growth stops towards the end of the teenage years around 17 or 18. Straightening the teeth is effective for people after this age, but it may take longer than it would for children.
  • Patients generally see their orthodontist every 6-10 weeks for braces adjustments. Patients with severe bite and alignment issues may need to come in more often.
  • Orthodontists often usually have “DDS” or “DMD” after their names. This stands for “Doctor of Dental Surgery” and “Doctor of Dental Medicine”. Both are considered equal degrees, but the degree given depends on the dental school attended before orthodontic training.
  • Materials used in metal braces are so light that they won’t set off metal detectors in airports.

 

Close-up view of a woman with clear braces on her teeth that are being adjusted by an orthodontic professional.

How Do Orthodontics Help People?

If you’ve never been to an orthodontist, you may wonder why you need one. Not everyone may need orthodontics to correct bite and alignment issues, but everyone should see an orthodontist at some point. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every person have an orthodontic visit between ages 7 and 8. This is prime time to detect bite and alignment issues that would lead to crooked teeth, speech impediments, oral hygiene diseases, and problems chewing, biting and functioning normally.

 

When issues are found, they can quickly be corrected so children can grow and develop normally. If a teen or adult wants to straighten their teeth to boost their confidence and success, they can receive braces starting around age 11. For specific questions about our orthodontic services, call Belmar Orthodontics today at (303 225-9016!

What Is an Orthodontist?

Posted on: July 11, 2018

Orthodontist in his scrubs and face mask in an orthodontic office

If you want to be an orthodontist, you have at least 10-12 years of schooling ahead of you. Orthodontists are very similar to dentists, but they perform completely different tasks in an office than a dentist would do. This is why you need to see both an orthodontist and a dentist if you have braces. See what services they provide that no one else can!

 

Want to Become an Orthodontist?

To become an orthodontist, a person has to commit to at least 10-12 years of education, training, fellowships and more. Even after that time, and orthodontist must continue testing and studying throughout the years in order to do orthodontics. An orthodontist is a professional that specializes in correcting crooked smiles, bite and alignment issues, jaw problems and aesthetics of the mouth.

 

They do this through braces, which commonly consist of metal bracket and wire appliances. Those appliances mold the teeth and jaws into specific alignments and positions. Through focused pressure with these mouth appliances, a person with major bite, alignment, or crooked teeth problems can find themselves with a beautiful, functional smile. This is especially beneficial for patients who have oral health problems that cause them speech impediments and difficulty biting, chewing, speaking and functioning normally.

 

Close-up digital design of traditional metal braces on the bottom teeth

What Does An Orthodontist Do?

An orthodontist is a step above a dentist when it comes to their schooling. To become an orthodontist, a person must complete 4 years of undergraduate schooling at a university. They then apply for dental school and must be accepted. After 4 years of dental school, many students become dentists. However, orthodontists must continue to do at least 2 more years of orthodontic school and fellowships to do orthodontia as a profession.

 

Even though orthodontists are trained in dentistry, they do different work than dentists. They provide services such as correcting misaligned teeth and smiles, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and other alignment issues. Some are trained to provide surgical orthodontic procedures, or they work closely with an oral surgeon in correcting a misaligned jaw.

 

For patients who receive surgical orthodontics, an orthodontist will provide pre-surgical orthodontic care to align teeth and jaws as much as possible. A patient will then have oral surgery done to correct issues that can’t be done without surgery. Then, the jaws and teeth are aligned to their final, complete position through orthodontic appliances. If a patient doesn’t receive surgical orthodontics, they generally do 18-24 months of braces to straighten their teeth. Primarily, this is what an orthodontist does: they design braces (based on what type you pick) that fit your smile and that can shape it straight over the course of 1-2 years.

 

How It’s Different Than Dentistry

Both dentistry and orthodontics focus on oral health and improving a person’s smile. However, dentistry primarily strives to clean the teeth, fix tooth decay, perform root canals and treat gum disease. Patients also receive dental crowns, bridges and implants, and many cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you need teeth whitening or want to improve the look or health of your teeth, seek out a dentist. They can perform teeth whitening services, provide dental veneers and implants, and can help with oral health diseases.

 

However, if you need your teeth straight in the first place, you need an orthodontist. The American Dental Association recommends that every patient see a dentist at least twice a year to avoid major oral health diseases. You will need an orthodontist at various intervals in your life. However, you don’t see them as frequently throughout life like you would a dentist. When you have crooked teeth or problems with your jaws or alignment, you work with an orthodontist to fix the major issues. Then, a dentist fixes the more minor issues like the color of your teeth.

 

A dentist is not trained to straighten the teeth even if a dental office provides a transparent aligner service such as Invisalign. You always want to choose a trained orthodontist for properly straightening your teeth so oral issues don’t arise.

 

Young girl having her braces adjusted by an orthodontist

Do You Need Orthodontics?

When battling tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and more, seek out a dentist. If you want to correct jaw, teeth, alignment, and bite issues, seek out an orthodontist. You may find yourself visiting both often if you receive braces as a child and then later as an adult or teen. Most orthodontists are trained to correct jaw and bite problems in children. You should always take your child in to see an orthodontist by age 7 if you already haven’t. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends this, as major bite and alignment issues of the jaws and teeth can be corrected easily when young. As a person grows older, the jaw hardens and becomes more permanently fixed, and oral health problems are much harder to correct.

 

If you are deciding to invest in braces, take a look at your teeth. Are they crooked? Do you find that either the upper or lower jaw overlaps the other significantly? Do you have problems speaking, eating, biting or chewing at times? You could benefit from orthodontics! Most people can significantly improve their oral health and their happiness (from having a beautiful smile) if they choose to see an orthodontist for help with their smile.

 

Dr. Hardy’s Office

Dr. Hardy is an award-winning orthodontist. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontics. Dr. Hardy works with a team every day to make sure his patients young and old are cared for. At his center, he offers patients the option of getting ceramic, clear braces, traditional metal braces, lingual braces and Invisalign treatment. He can perform surgical orthodontics if needed and pediatric orthodontics. When choosing a center for your family, you want one that can treat patients of all ages and a center whose staff knows how to work really well with children. You can find that at Dr. Hardy’s Belmar Orthodontics office by calling (303) 225-9016!

Choosing a Good Orthodontist

Posted on: April 18, 2018

Child sitting in a chair talking to a good orthodontist

There are many orthodontists out there, but not all are created equal, and not all have the same training or experience as others. Just like dentists, only some are award-winning orthodontists (for good reason), while others are not. A good orthodontist needs to have specific training and credentials to work on your or your child. Their office needs to have specific equipment to perform the necessary work, and a good orthodontist will provide a wide range of services for their patients. Find out what a good orthodontist looks like and how to choose a good one from one you want to avoid!

 

Choosing to Receive Braces

If you have made the choice to get braces, we commend you! Braces is an amazing way to change your life for the better. Studies show that straightening your smile is directly related to increased confidence. The better a person’s smile looks, the more they smile and the more confident they appear to others as well. Studies by Invisalign and countless others have found that a straighter, more beautiful smile makes you appear happier, healthier, wealthier, and more attractive to others. 73% of people are also more likely to find you trustworthy.

 

Now that you have chosen to embark on this new journey of getting braces, you have to decide who you should get your orthodontic care from. All too often, dental practices have started offering orthodontics via transparent aligner systems or Invisalign. Even though we offer Invisalign at our center (and it is effective), the majority of dentists are not trained to perform orthodontics. It’s similar to a spa offering botox injections instead of a medical doctor that provides botox injections. They may have some training in oral health and dentistry, but dentistry is not the same as orthodontics.

 

You always want to choose a trained orthodontist to provide you orthodontic work, and not just a dentist (or even someone without a degree) to perform any work on your mouth. If you do, you take a serious health risk that your teeth will be messed up permanently or that you will have oral health complications. Always go to a certified and trained orthodontist for your orthodontic work.

 

Example of what an orthodontic office looks like

Training to Become a Good Orthodontist

Becoming a good orthodontist takes many hard years. A good orthodontist will receive an undergraduate degree and then will go on to be accepted into dental school. A good orthodontist will receive high marks in their dental school, and will have to be accepted into an orthodontic school afterwards. Some even go beyond their 10 years of base training to do fellowships and additional study. It takes an entire decade to learn how to straighten the teeth properly, even if orthodontic care may seem simple and straightforward.

 

Orthodontists deal with the health of a person’s mouth, which can affect their overall health, their confidence, and even if they are at risk for tooth decay, gum disease and more. Working with children in orthodontics can be even trickier, as many children require specific work to make space in the jaws for incoming teeth.

 

What Is Their Experience with Children?

The majority of good orthodontists work with children on a regular basis. However, there are some that have better training than others. You always want to look for a good orthodontist that has training to work with a child on their intellectual level. Children sometimes fear dental or orthodontic office or having work done on their mouth. We strive to provide a child-friendly atmosphere to our young patients to make them comfortable during their treatment.

 

A good orthodontist is one that can help your child feel at ease and confident about the smile they are getting. When choosing an orthodontist, observe how they act with your child. If they are warm and inviting, this can help children have a positive orthodontic experience for early orthodontic treatment and when they receive braces for straightening later on.

 

Close-up of a child being fitted for a retainer

What Qualities Do We Have?

If you want a good orthodontist, give Belmar Orthodontics a try! Dr. Hardy is an award-winning orthodontist that treats patients at two different locations. He has extensive training in dentistry and orthodontics and actually runs a pediatric dentistry and orthodontics office alongside his wife. He treats pediatric patients and older at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics and he treats patients of all ages at Belmar Orthodontics. Dr. Hardy offers every option available in orthodontics to his patients. That includes traditional metal braces, lingual braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, as well as retainer devices, TADs, and surgical orthodontics. All of these services required countless hours of training, testing and performance to become certified.

 

As we mentioned, you want an orthodontist who has won awards and who others are talking about. Dr. Hardy is board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontics. He received the Everett Shapiro Award in Orthodontics as well as the Dr. Harold Berk Endowed prize Fund for Excellence in Research. He is also a member of many dental organizations that you can find here. He is extensively trained to work not only with teens and adults, but also children—even very young ones. Dr. Hardy also works alongside his wife often, who also has extensive training and psychology experience with young children.

 

We can talk about Dr. Hardy’s qualifications all day long, but the best way to know what a good orthodontist looks like is to come into the office and see for yourself. To schedule your free consultation or to learn more, call Belmar Orthodontics today at (303) 225-9016!

 

orthodontic care

Why is professional orthodontic care so important? The economy has fluctuated from good times to bad times over and over in the last couple of decades. Some people try to cut corners when it comes to achieving healthy smiles by straightening their teeth themselves. Do “cutting corners” and “healthy” go hand-in-hand? Not at all! Only a professional orthodontist is trained to provide you a completely healthy and straight smile that you can’t get anywhere else. Proper orthodontic care can ensure that your teeth stay healthy and free from gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. It will also ensure that your teeth move appropriately so that your bite, alignment and function work the way they were designed to. At Belmar Orthodontics, we can provide you a smile that you will cherish the rest of your life. Find out why professional orthodontic care is worth the time, money and effort to achieve a wonderful smile.

 

Cutting Corners On Your Oral Health

We all know that problems will arise if proper oral hygiene habits aren’t followed. That includes brushing and flossing several times a day (after every meal if possible), seeing your dentist and orthodontist as needed, and making sure the teeth stay clean, straight and healthy in general. You would never want to save some time by cutting out brushing your teeth altogether right? How about flossing? Or maybe never seeing a dentist? There are major problems that can arise from choosing to cut corners on your oral health. Some of the main problems are gum disease and tooth decay that can literally rot your teeth out.

 

Gum Disease

Gum disease affects over 64.7 MILLION American adults. That means that there are many millions of Americans not taking proper care of their teeth. What does gum disease cause? It begins with gingivitis, or a buildup of sticky bacteria-filled plaque that coats the teeth and irritates the gums. Without cleaning the teeth often enough, the gums will begin to become red, inflamed and even bleed frequently. Skipping on the hygiene will make gingivitis more severe until it becomes full-blown gum disease, also known as periodontitis. At this stage, the gums will recede and the teeth can literally fall out. Yikes! Nobody wants that right?

 

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a problem that’s not far behind gum disease. It also has its beginnings when a person chooses to skip on their oral hygiene practices and keeps doing it. That sticky plaque that coats your enamel is a mix of bacteria and sugar that is actually an acidic substance. The acid will erode your hard tooth enamel and eventually seep into the soft center of your tooth where it will accelerate tooth decay.

 

Do-It-Yourself-Orthodontics

Gum disease and tooth decay are both serious conditions that you want to avoid at all costs. You only get one set of teeth, so the goal should always be to keep them healthy, right? Cutting corners (even simply skipping cleaning the teeth) causes major damage to your oral health. Do-it-yourself-orthodontics is a new trend that has popped up on the scene. ABC news reported on this trend and how damaging it can be to your oral health. Many people wanted to cut corners with proper orthodontic care and do their own straightening at home using crude methods with rubber bands, fishing line, paper clips and any other material you could think of.

Not surprisingly, many patients (especially adolescents) who attempted to do their own orthodontic care damaged their teeth “so extensive[ly] that teeth cannot be saved.” That comes straight from the president of the American Association of Orthodontists. Do-it-yourself methods of orthodontics are bound to lead to many more oral health problems than you could have ever imagined. So far, it has proved to be disastrous for those who attempt to cut corners. Remember, cutting corners on your health is just that…cutting corners. Nobody comes out a winner.

 

Proper Orthodontic Care

When you only have one set of pearly whites, why take a chance on losing them? Orthodontists must extensively train for years and attend dental school. They then take an additional 2-3 EXTRA years to study orthodontic practices and how to keep your mouth the healthiest it can be. You get what you pay for and if that’s trying to straighten your own teeth with fishing line, you can bet that you’ll have a low-quality results. With professional orthodontic care, you’re going to get a professional and effective experience. Plus, you’ll actually save yourself time, money and risk of disaster by investing in orthodontic care the proper way.

 

The cool thing about our orthodontic office is that we offer more than just traditional metal braces. If you want to straighten your teeth more discreetly (or not have anyone know), we have Invisalign transparent aligners, lingual braces, ceramic clear braces, retainers and more. At Belmar Orthodontics, you can be sure to get a beautiful, straight smile AND keep all of your teeth healthy and strong for years to come. Simply call our office at (303) 225-9016 for your free consultation!

What is Keeping You from a Straight Smile?

Posted on: February 17, 2017

Orthodontics - Overcoming Barriers to Treatment

Everyone deserves a smile they are proud of and eager to share–orthodontics can get you there! What is keeping you from your straight smile? Whatever obstacles you feel are between you and a beautiful, healthy, functional smile, let our Belmar Orthodontics team show you how you can overcome them! Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for growing mouths, but for adults too! Learn how we can help you get the smile you have always wanted, or had but have lost over time.

 

A Case for Orthodontics

While some may think that orthodontics is simply for improving the esthetical beauty of their smile, the truth is that orthodontics is necessary for optimal health. Orthodontics helps to prevent and treat oral irregularities to straighten teeth, correct irregular bites, close gaps between teeth to aid with gum health, and to bring jaws into proper alignment. Crooked teeth put your overall health at risk. Crooked teeth are also harder to keep clean, run the risk of severe tooth decay–and ultimate tooth loss–and put you at great risk for periodontal disease. Periodontal health contributes to your overall systemic health. Periodontal disease puts you at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy complications.

 

Worried You Can’t Afford Orthodontics?

Our Belmar Orthodontics staff understands the financial worries patients have about committing to orthodontic treatment. But, small orthodontic issues can become bigger, more expensive problems down the road if they aren’t addressed.  At Belmar Orthodontics, we do not want these expenses to compromise your ability to obtain good oral health or a beautiful smile.  We accept cash, check, and credit card payments, but we also offer customized-payment plans for qualified applicants as well.  Our practice also accepts most dental insurances. Please contact our office to learn more about our payment plans and how orthodontic treatment can work with your budget. We work with you to establish a treatment plan/payment plan that works for your budget.  Smart planning and budgeting can offset some orthodontic costs and make the expenses easier to handle. During your consultation, we can help talk you through your options for care. Get the information you need to start financial planning and to get the treatment you need, when you need it!

 

Self-Conscious About Wearing Braces?

If you are delaying orthodontic treatment because you feel self-conscious about the idea of wearing an orthodontic apparatus, you are not alone. The good news is, technology has make leaps and bounds from where it was even a decade ago and now you have discreet options to choose from that can actually render your braces almost indetectable!  The amount of adults who want to invest in their oral health is on the rise and adults now make up over 50 percent of orthodontic patients. One of the main reasons for this increase is the advancement in the design of braces that make them less noticeable. Belmar Orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options – including traditional braces, ceramic clear braces, Incognito Lingual Braces and Invisalign® – and prioritizes patient education so the patients themselves can make the final decisions regarding their orthodontic care.

 

Experience and Technology You Can Trust

Look no further! Belmar Orthodontics offers you state-of-the-art technology with expert care and services. Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics , Dr. Hardy is an award-winning Lakewood orthodontist and an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.  Dr. Hardy works with an expert team of dental professionals at Belmar Orthodontics to create a comfortable and personalized experience for each of his patients. Dr. Hardy believes that your smile plays an essential role in your overall health, function, and self-esteem. They have experience with a variety of bracket systems for improving your smile that are recommended based on your goals and specific needs.

 

Call for an Orthodontics Consultation

At Belmar Orthodontics Lakewood, we want you to feel confident in your smile. We want you to want to share it with others.  We are dedicated to helping you achieve a smile that you are confident in sharing–not only for the beauty of it, but from the excellent health behind it.   Dr. Hardy and our team of dental professionals at Belmar Orthodontics Lakewood are dedicated to giving you both cosmetic and functional results with a treatment process that you are comfortable with. We do this through open communication, patient education and cooperative treatment planning.  At Belmar Orthodontics in Lakewood, you can trust that you are getting the quality of care you deserve in a warm, relaxed atmosphere you will enjoy visiting. If you are interested in how we can help improve your smile, please contact our office today. We are happy to answer your questions, and we can help you schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hardy  to discuss your unique orthodontic needs and goals.

 

Lakewood Orthodontic Treatment

 

Lakewood orthodontic treatment can help your child boost his self-confidence with the power of a straight, healthy smile.  In a recent study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics, they showed how dental crowding and poor dental aesthetics is directly related to a decrease in an individual’s quality of life. In today’s competitive world, you want to empower your child with everything you can to feel confident about themselves. Developing a healthy self esteem is a more challenging process for some. Ease some of the difficulty by eliminating one of the factors that can impact it. Correcting smiles today can be done quickly, comfortably, with color and expression or with quiet subtly. Learn about your options and how you can help your child feel confident about sharing her smile more readily.

 

Lakewood Orthodontic Treatment Boosts Self-Esteem

Your smile is the first thing people see when they meet you. So much is communicated through your smile–your energy, your confidence, even your dedication to taking care of yourself. Taking the time to address orthodontic issues will eliminate any fears or insecurities you have been living with, freeing you to share your smile with everyone you come in contact with.

 

Being Eager to Speak and Smile

When your child is proud of his/her smile it affects how they use it.  Research has shown that children who are not happy with the appearance of their teeth will avoid smiling with their teeth and may even withdraw from their peers. Often, they will hold back from speaking because of feeling self conscious about crooked teeth.  Orthodontics gives your child self-confidence that may be lacking from not feeling comfortable with his smile.  In this competitive world, we want to give children every chance they can to succeed.  Lakewood orthodontic treatment aids in both physical and mental health.

Orthodontic Treatment is Not Just for Cosmetic Benefits

While we have discussed many of the cosmetic benefits of Lakewood orthodontic treatment, it is not the main reason why orthodontic treatment is advised. Orthodontic treatment is necessary for oral wellness. Misaligned teeth can lead to challenging health problems that impact chewing, swallowing, nutrition, and speech. Misaligned teeth also expose you to more risk for tooth decay, TMJ jaw-pain and chronic headaches from malocclusion.

 

Technology for Your Success

If you, or your child, are concerned about the options for braces today consider the amazing technological advances that we can afford you at Belmar Orthodontics. Advancements have transformed available orthodontic technology and treatments resulting in more patient-friendly, discreet and effective bracket systems. Braces are smaller, smoother, more efficiently adhered, healthier for the gums, and (some options) nearly invisible. Clear braces are fabricated to match your tooth’s natural color and have really made adult treatment more appealing. Newer still, is Invisalign, a system to move teeth without any braces. The archwires that straighten teeth today are not only more comfortable to wear, they also require less energy levels over longer periods of time. Some orthodontic wires even use the temperature of your mouth to activate tooth movement. These advancements in technology translate into more comfort for you, less time in an office chair, and quicker, lasting results.

 

Call for an Orthodontic Treatment Consultation

If you are considering Lakewood orthodontic treatment, but aren’t sure if you need it, call for a consultation today.  We can evaluate your need for orthodontics as well as discuss your options for orthodontics today.  Life with braces brings exciting changes, and sometimes some challenging adjustments too, but the end result is a healthier you!  Belmar Orthodontics can help you obtain a healthy, functional, attractive smile.  If you think you need braces, our online patient education can help answer any questions you may have, and our friendly staff is always available to help.  Call 303.225.9016 today to learn more about braces or to schedule an appointment.  Dr. Hardy is committed to your care and will help you reach your smile goals as quickly and efficiently as possible if you need braces.

Orthodontic Treatment Benefits

Orthodontic treatment awareness month is here! With more than 1.2 million U.S. adults currently wearing braces, celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month with us by learning more about orthodontists and how they do more than give people a better-looking smile. Dr. Hardy  of Belmar Orthodontics has been helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles with state-of-the-art orthodontic skills and use of new technologies.

 

Orthodontics is More than A Straight Smile

When most people think of orthodontic treatment, they think of straightening teeth to achieve a more beautiful smile. And this is true. Orthodontic treatment does achieve this, but there is so much more behind the decision to correct your smile.  At the heart of orthodontic treatment is your oral health and the health of your whole body.  Misaligned bites, overcrowded teeth, gappy smiles–all of these issues can impact the health of your mouth which directly impacts the health of your body.

 

Empowering People with Beautiful Smiles

One of the most pleasing parts of the orthodontic treatment process for any care provider is to watch a person transform as his/her smile transforms.  When patients feel more confident about their smiles, they share them more. They feel more confident about themselves.  That confidence has a ripple effect on everyone around them.  Smiles that boost confidence also boost performance. One of the greatest gifts that Dr. Hardy can give his patients, and one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself or a loved one, is confidence in themselves. Orthodontic treatment helps offer that. Patients who undergo orthodontic treatment feel confident in the aesthetic details of their smile, but also in the health of their smile. The combination makes for a powerful duo when facing life and the challenges it can bring.

 

Orthodontists are Specialists in Their Field

Compared to general dentists, orthodontists also spend 2-3 additional years training in a specialized orthodontic residency program. In addition to this extra education, they commit 100% of their practice and continuing education solely to orthodontic care.  This means that when it comes to dental health, you have expert skills and expert knowledge at your disposal. Orthodontic candidates are chosen from the top 5 percent of their dental class.  Those who go on to graduate from the rigors of orthodontic training are those doctors that are passionate about their field, dedicated to what it takes, and gifted at their trade.  Orthodontists are extensively trained in correcting misaligned teeth, adjusting occlusion (the way the teeth fit together), and treating jaw disorders. Dr. Hardy has received numerous honors and accolades during his educational pursuits and beyond into his practice endeavors.

 

Why Should I Choose Belmar Orthodontics?

When you choose to become a part of the Belmar Orthodontics family you are entering into a practice that houses specialists trained in the dental techniques and skills you will need from childhood through adulthood.  Dr. Hardy is dedicated to continuing education and keeping on top of new technologies so he can produce better outcomes and experiences for his patients.  We offer alternative methods to traditional metal braces that are much less conspicuous, more comfortable and require less treatment time than traditional orthodontic methods. The benefits of orthodontics include: 

  • Correction of long-term or lifetime dental issues
  • Less conspicuous treatment methods
  • Faster treatment time than older, more traditional orthodontic techniques
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem from having a renewed smile

 

Your Orthodontic Treatment Options in Our Lakewood, CO, Office

At Belmar Orthodontics we are committed to providing orthodontic services in Lakewood, CO, for both children and adults.  Part of our treatment philosophy includes our dedication to offering you the best medical science can offer you now.  We know knows how important your smile is and are dedicated to offering you orthodontic solutions that are effective and aesthetically advanced. We offer many services like:

 

  • Invisalign® in Lakewood
  • Incognito™
  • Braces
  • Aesthetic Brackets
  • Pediatric Orthodontic Treatments
  • Affordable payment plans

 

Schedule an Orthodontic Treatment Consultation

Belmar Orthodontics takes pride in our ability to work well with children and adults of all ages and make them feel comfortable during their visit. Our hope is to provide you with a positive experience, while simultaneously making your smile the best it can be.  If you have questions about how orthodontics can improve your smile, or if you are interested in scheduling an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Hardy please contact us today at 303.225.9016.

 

 

 

Orthodontic Treatment Benefits
Some people are under the misconception that orthodontic treatment is merely a cosmetic treatment and is really not necessary for oral wellness. But, what these individuals don’t understand is that misaligned teeth can cause big health problems that impact chewing, swallowing, nutrition, and speech. Misaligned teeth also expose you to more risk for tooth decay,
TMJ jaw-pain and chronic headaches from malocclusion. Find out if you are doing all you can to safeguard your total body wellness with a free orthodontic consultation at Belmar Orthodontics in Lakewood today.

 

What Can Orthodontic Treatment Do for You?

Orthodontic treatment, first and foremost, is to ensure that your mouth and body are healthy.  When most think of orthodontic treatment, they think of straightening teeth for a more perfect smile. They think only of the aesthetic results and not the real functional results a properly aligned smile offers. Jaws and teeth that are aligned properly allow you to not only prevent dental injuries and decay, but to provide your body with the ability to chew and process your food in a way that is both safe and effective.  Consider the following benefits that orthodontic treatment offers you:

 

Improves Your Nutritional Returns

The first, crucial step of the digestion process is chewing your food. The majority of people neglect this essential step, barely chewing their food before they swallow.  The process of chewing converts large pieces of food into smaller particles that are more easily digested. This also makes it easier for your intestines to absorb nutrients from the food particles as they pass through your system.  Food that can’t be chewed up properly doesn’t digest as well in your stomach and your body has to use more energy to absorb the nutrients in that half-chewed food.  Beyond this, food that you can’t chew properly because of misaligned teeth or jaws creates a choking hazard when you eat.  

 

Helps You Avoid Injuring Your Jaw, Teeth or Soft Tissues

Do you find yourself biting your cheek when you are chewing, speaking or swallowing? Do your teeth ever collide when you chew or close your mouth sending jarring sensations throughout your jaw and face? Teeth can be chipped or injured when they collide. Jaws that are repeatedly sustaining irregular forces suffer and can cause you long-term problems.  Orthodontic treatment addresses these issues and provides you with the results you need to safeguard your smile and long-term health. These issues will not resolve on their own; you need help from a specialist to get things working right. Dr. Hardy are here to help show you how accessible the orthodontic treatment can be and help you on your way to better oral health.

 

Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

Teeth that are overcrowded are much harder to clean. Plaque is able to accumulate because food gets trapped in between your teeth and starts to eat away at the enamel causing cavities to form. Cavities in between your teeth are harder to see and treat, often only detected after they have become big problems. A weakened, decaying tooth can also affect the adjacent teeth causing a ripple effect of problems throughout your mouth. Plaque build-up also affects the health of your gums and can lead to gum disease. By addressing the overcrowding issues, you make it harder for plaque and cavities to form in between your teeth and preserve the health of your gums and mouth.

 

Orthodontic Treatment Boosts Self-Esteem

Your smile is the first thing people see when they meet you. So much is communicated through your smile–your energy, your confidence, even your dedication to taking care of yourself. Taking the time to address orthodontic issues will eliminate any fears or insecurities you have been living with, freeing you to share your smile with everyone you come in contact with.

 

Call for an Orthodontic Treatment Consultation

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, but aren’t sure if you need it, call for a consultation today.  We can evaluate your need for orthodontics as well as discuss your options for orthodontics today.  Life with braces brings exciting changes, and sometimes some challenging adjustments too, but the end result is a healthier you!  Belmar Orthodontics can help you obtain a healthy, functional, attractive smile.  If you think you need braces, our online patient education can help answer any questions you may have, and our friendly staff is always available to help.  Call 303.225.9016 today to learn more about braces or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Hardy is committed to your care and will help you reach your smile goals as quickly and efficiently as possible if you need braces.

Orthodontic Treatment Lakewood
Our patients are excited to get braces on, but also excited to get them off and see those brilliant, beautiful smiles that come from orthodontic treatment! Your commitment to treatment protocols and
caring for your braces can affect how long your treatment takes. While there is no way to predict exactly how quickly your teeth and bite will move into their correct position, there are ways that you can help the process move forward rather than backward. Here are five ways you can be a proactive patient and avoid causing progress delays during your orthodontic treatment. As always, your Belmar Orthodontics team is here to help answer any questions you have along the way.

 

What is the Average Time for Orthodontic Treatment?

One of the first questions we are asked by adults and kids alike, is how long will I have to wear my braces for? The answer to this question varies greatly depending on the severity of dental issues of each patient, but a large part of this answer relies on the patient and his commitment to following treatment protocol. Adults usually wear braces between 12-20 months and kids are usually closer to 2 years. Why the shorter orthodontic treatment time for most adults? Adults are usually more apt to wear their bands and follow all the prescribed instructions and rules for the braces.

 

Choose a Reputable Orthodontist for Your Treatment

You are already on the road to quicker more efficient orthodontic treatment because of your decision to become a patient of Belmar Orthodontics.  Dr. Hardy uses the newest and best technology available which helps them offer you a better product, more precise treatment and better results.

 

Keep Your Appointments

Part of the mechanism of braces involves regular adjustments and tightenings of the appliance. Sometimes brackets have to be moved into other locations.  Sometimes wires need to be adjusted. It varies from appointment to appointment based on how your mouth responds to treatment.  Striving to meet all your appointments is an essential part of your treatment progress. When you stretch out your adjustments it gets you off track and impedes your progress. Commit to making your orthodontic appointments a priority and you will help to avoid delays in your progress towards a straighter smile.

 

Wear Your Bands

Part of your treatment with braces that require a bracket system (that is all orthodontic treatment options except for Invisalign) is the use of orthodontic rubber bands (elastics) to aid in the teeth-straightening process. These rubber bands may be small, but they do not play a small role in the process.  They are used to help your bite achieve the proper alignment necessary for you to bite down normally.  Choosing to opt out of wearing your bands will increase the overall time you will need to wear your braces.  On the other side of the coin, the more diligently you wear your bands, the sooner you can achieve a healthy smile and have your braces removed.

 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Sometimes patients are surprised to learn that their orthodontic treatment can be delayed if they don’t practice good oral hygiene. They don’t see this as being related to treatment delays–but it is. Braces that aren’t cleaned after every meal, or that never see a floss threader or proxy brush, suffer. Eating foods high in sugar also increases the risk of cavities, especially while wearing braces. Food particles that aren’t removed from your braces don’t just build-up on your teeth in the form of plaque and bacteria, they also build-up on your brackets. Plaque is a colorless, sticky film of bacteria that forms in your mouth from saliva and food particles. Plaque starts to form in your mouth just 4-12 hours after you eat! When plaque combines with sugars it forms an acid that eats away at the soft tissues/structures in your mouth. This same plaque that eats away at the enamel of your teeth can eat away at the brackets and the glue that keeps your brackets in place. Brackets and wires that become damaged or that break require extra visits to our office and extend your treatment time–and the cost of your treatment. On top of this, if you develop cavities, gingivitis, or demineralization during your orthodontic treatment due to not practicing good oral hygiene, your orthodontic treatment time can be delayed while your dentist works to correct these dangerous issues.

 

Take Care of your Braces

When it comes to taking care of your braces, each treatment method has slightly different instructions and things to consider. If you are a patient of traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or lingual braces your care instructions are going to be quite similar because all of these orthodontic treatment options use a bracket system that is affixed to your teeth. Brackets and wires can all entrap food particles.  They are also not invincible materials so they come with some food restrictions.  In order to avoid damage to your braces and your teeth during orthodontic treatment, hard foods, sticky foods, and foods high in sugar should be avoided. Taking care of your braces means you are cleaning them after each meal, flossing–with a floss threader when needed and/or using a proxy brush, and brushing them thoroughly.  Avoid the most common orthodontic emergencies by following the tips for caring for your braces.

 

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More

By choosing to join the Belmar Orthodontic family, you not only benefit from expert skills and state-of-the-art technology, but you also enjoy the orthodontic treatment process as you work with our friendly staff and doctors. Dr. Hardy is committed to your care and will help you reach your smile goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.  As you do your part to follow their suggestions and treatment instructions you will find success with your treatment and be flashing your beautiful smile every step of the way.  Contact our office today at 303.225.9016.  We are excited to meet you and help you reach your smile goals!